DON’T MISS YOUR TIME by Rev. Aderemi Badru

“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,  saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,  and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke 19: 41-44

There are only two occasions that it was recorded that Jesus wept in the New Testament. One will literarily expect that one of those occasions will be at his crucifixion but the Gospel writers did not give us an account of the Savior weeping through out the painful moment of his death. The first time that was recorded that Jesus wept was when he was at the tomb of Lazarus and he saw how Lazarus’s sisters were weeping. The people that came to mourn Lazarus translated the weeping of Jesus to the depth of love that Christ Jesus had for Lazarus. They said “see how much he loves him” John 11:36. Indeed the tears that Jesus shed at the tomb of Lazarus was not for the lack of power to raise Lazarus up but a display of affection to a grieving world. Is it not amazing that we have a savior and a High Priest that is touched by every feeling of our infirmities and pain. The Lord Jesus weeps even now when He sees His beloved children in pain and sorrow.

Furthermore, the second time that Jesus wept was when He wept over the city of Jerusalem. The Lord wept that the eye of the people of Jerusalem was blind to their time of divine visitation. It grieved the Lord that Jerusalem have no knowledge of the things that make for her peace. The heart of the Lord Jesus was broken because the path of peace was hidden from the eyes of the people of Jerusalem, thus highlighting that by the time Jerusalem will realize that the Lord has visited her, it will be too late. Jesus here prophesied of a time of destruction that will come on Jerusalem and how severe it will be because Jerusalem did not know the time of her visitation.

The word “visit” by general understanding is a temporary thing. If someone came to visit you, you surely do not expect the person to stay forever, what you expect is for the person to stay for a while and then leaves. Everyone has a time of divine visitation but the tragedy is that most people do not know their time of visitation until it has passed. Whenever God is ready to turn things around in someone’s life, He visits the person but  mostly it takes discernment to know when the Lord has chosen to visit you because the visitation of the Almighty God can come in ways we least expect. When a man miss his divine appointment, he may never recover from it because “time and chance happens to them all”.

When God visits a man, it may be for salvation, deliverance, enlargement, fruitfulness and divine upliftment, but not many people are conscious of it when the Lord is visiting them. it is often so sad that even now, many people are been visited by the Lord as the Gospel  is been preached to them.  Paul admonishing the people pleaded with them not to make the same mistakes that Jerusalem has made, “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” Romans 6:1-2. As Jesus wept then, it is not impossible that He is weeping over many of His children even now because many of them have failed to recognize their time of salvation, their time of divine visitation. it is one thing for the Lord to decide to visit you and it is another thing for you to recognize His visit and to open the door for Him. He said “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20″. It therefore means that it is not that the Lord does not want to visit many of us but we are the one refusing to open the door to Him because many of us do not know that He is the one knocking.

The Case of Abraham: Abraham had waited for years without children and even though the Lord has promised him to give him a child, Abraham must recognize that time of his divine visitation. Genesis 18 recorded the account of that divine visitation that brought a turn around to the life of Abraham. If Abraham had not discerned that those people passing were not ordinary guests, he will not invite them to his house, if he did not invite them to his house, he will not have that encounter that caused the birth of Isaac. Take note of the fact that it was after the three guests had finished eating that the Lord said  that “I will  surely return to Sarah by this time next year and Sarah your wife will have a son.”  Abraham was not pre-informed that the Lord will be visiting Him but He recognized his time of divine visitation and he opened the door to the Lord.

The Sons of Issachar: it was recorded of the sons of Issachar in 1Chronicle 12:32 that they had the understanding of time. They were men who knows that time and chance happen to them all and that a man may missed his time and chance. they were men sensitive to what the Lord was doing per time in Israel. They know that there is time for every thing under the heavens and they realized that understanding divine timing and the working in it is what brings victory and success. These men were men of war who do not go to battle every time but at the time that they know that God wanted them to go to battle.

People miss their divine visitation for several reasons. some miss it because of pride, procrastination, lack of discernment, lack of willingness to submit to the will of God, hardness of heart and complete rejection of the grace of God. Jesus wept that the people of Jerusalem have failed to recognize that their time of divine visitation has come, the people were so blinded by religion and tradition that they could not see when the Saviour came. It is theremi badrurefore not surprising that even now, many of the Jews are still expecting their time of divine visitation. I really do not know what could have happened if Abraham did not invite those visitors into his home. Lot could have also perished with his family in Sodom if not that He recognize the Lord when He was passing.

Blind Bartimaeus  was indeed blind but was very sensitive to his time of divine visitation. As the Lord Jesus was passing, he did not stop crying out to the Lord for mercy until the Lord stopped to attend to Him. The woman with the issue of blood recognized her time of divine visitation and Zacchaeus also did not miss his divine appointment. Isaiah called on the people to seek the Lord while He may be found, reminding us that a time will come when it will be too late. As you read this article, I want you to know that now is the day of salvation, now is the acceptable time, now is your day of divine visitation. Don’t wait until tomorrow, I know that you are not reading this article by chance, the Lord has led you to it because now is your time. Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and He is saying, I have come for you, open the door let me save you. Why not allow Him? Remember that a visit is always temporary and if you refuse him to enter, he will pass you by to the next person who will say Lord Come in. Abraham opened his door, why not open yours now?  I perceive in my Spirit that right now, the Lord has chosen to visit you and bring an end to your barrenness if you will open the door and allowed the Lord to come in.

A story was told of a woman who has been waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb for years. A devoted Christian was not just committed to seeking God for a child but she was devoted completely to the LORD. During service one day, a word of prophecy came that the Lord has decided to visit this woman with her long awaited child but she was not there. someone ran to her house to fetch her for prayers but lo and behold, she was at home fighting with her husband. I may not know everything but I know that people that miss their divine visitation often end up regretting it. I heard of a lady who was in a service where the pastor was preaching about eternity. She waited to hear the word but shortly before the altar call, she left the church and she was about to cross to the other side she was knocked down by oncoming vehicle and was killed. Before she left the service, the preacher was saying that it may be your last chance to receive this gift of salvation, why not wait and allow the Lord to come into your life. My friends, it is real and pathetic that a man may missed his time of divine visitation.

Psalm 102:13 says “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. …” I believe that truly the time has come but I hope that you will not miss it. Today is the day of salvation, the Lord Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, he died for you, was buried and resurrected to give you a new life, why not accept him now? Just pray this simple prayer of repentance : “Jesus I surrendered my life to you, I know that I am a sinner and that you died to save me, I place my faith in your death, burial and resurrection, wash me with the blood you shed on the cross of Calvary and let me be yours forever. Thank you Lord for saving me, I confessed you as my Lord and Saviour in Jesus name.” My friend Today is Your Day! Don’t Miss your time!